Access to Adoption Records - Puerto Rico


Who May Access Information

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Access to Nonidentifying Information

Citation: Ann. Laws Tit. 41A, § 1082b

Any birth mother who agrees to execute an adoption agreement shall be required to provide the Department of the Family with information regarding her personal and family medical history as well as any medical, psychological, or psychiatric evaluations available at the time of the adoption. Such information shall be confidential in nature and shall be used for the purpose of evaluating the mother's willingness during this process and as a possible source of information on the health of the adoptee.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information

Citation: Ann. Laws Tit. 41A, § 1083

Any person adopted after the date of approval of this act shall be entitled to access confidential data on the State Voluntary Adoption Registry concerning his or her adoption once he or she attains legal age. However, the adoptee shall only be granted access to such information as strictly necessary to guarantee the right to contact his or her birth parents.

Access to Original Birth Certificate

Citation: Ann. Laws Tit. 24, § 1136

The original birth certificate of the adoptee, the judgment of the court, and other documents shall be kept in the Vital Statistics Registry in a sealed envelope and shall be confidential documents.

Where the Information Can Be Located

State Voluntary Adoption Registry